Jan 10, 2013 8:00pm EST
want to commend president obama and his decision to nominate chuck hagel to be the next secretary of defense. i have known chuck for a long time. i think he is the right person to lead the department at this time. not only because he is a decorated yet mom combat veteran, but he understands washington and understands the issues that confront our national defense. despite a lot of very severe budget pressures which i will speak to in a moment's, we need to maintain, and i believe he believes we need to maintain the world's most powerful and ready force to deal with the security challenges that we are going to confront in the 21st century. this is a critical moment for this department. and for our national defense. i believe that we have put in place a new defense strategy for the 21st century that we believe can meet our fiscal responsibilities to the country. that can confront any threat to our national interests, and i can maintain the strongest military power in the world to protect the american people. we face, as you know, a number of adversaries around the world's,, but the m
Jan 7, 2013 8:30pm EST
with chuck hagel? >> well, first off, i'm not sure what the president will announce today. and if i did know, i wouldn't stoop and i'm not. i'm not smart enough to do that. [laughter] i think that if it isn't senator chuck hagel, we will work with him and the american people. budgets are about risk. you get a certain amount of money and you get a certain amount of risk. the country decides they want to take more risk, we will need to work with whoever the nominees are today and if that person is confirmed to try to make those trade-offs. we will find a way to do it. >> hello, i am from javon broadcasting. what is going on to get the report out? >> there are a number of complex issues, political and operational with regard to the marines from oki now, japan, an. we must maintain our presence while also maintaining some of those on the island of okinawa. >> thank you, i'm from political. could you talk about what assumptions you are using to build the 2014 budget? >> i don't know whether those will change or not. the possibility is that they well, but it could have to do with the fiscal cliff.